Have the 4 losses in Gannon's last 5 games been some of the most exasperating in school history? As Jim LeCorchick just said on the radio after Gannon's last-second 69-67 loss at Slippery Rock, the Knights could have/should have won all 4 of those games, and to lose all 4 of them is impossible to comprehend. But the Knights and the Gannon faithful have not only had their minds blown but their hearts broken experiencing these painful defeats. If you stop by the GU basketball office Thursday, you might catch John Reilly sitting askew in his desk chair, staring at a blank wall.
Other thoughts on the game:
* It's kind of weird that 20 years after Flyin' Myron Brown led Slippery Rock to the top of Division II basketball that SRU's top player would be just one letter off -- Maron Brown. The media guide says they're no relation, but you wouldn't have known that after Maron's 25-point, 10-for-15 shooting performance tonight vs. Gannon.
* For the second straight season, Gannon is plagued by a turnover problem. Last year it was players bolting the program, and this year it's an inability to handle the basketball. Yes, the Knights had only 14 turnovers tonight (two below their average of 16), but the 9 in the first half made the difference in another tight game. In the recent close losses vs. Mercyhurst (24) and Edinboro (19) the Knights have been too loose with the ball.
* With Steve Piotrowicz still banged up, Anthony Clagett played 32 minutes tonight. "A.C." -- not to be confused with this A.C. or, worse, this A.C. -- scored 6 points and committed just 2 turnovers while not recording an assist. While Piotrowicz is hobbled, it looks like Reilly will go with just a 6-man rotation. UPDATE (2/3/11): I've been told that Piotrowicz suffered a broken nose in the first half of the Slippery Rock game. His status for Saturday is uncertain. Here's wishing him a speedy recovery. First, because having a broken nose is painful, and second, because he's a key part of this Gannon team.